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    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
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    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990
    • SAS Travel Peru - Recommended by Lonely Planet
    • SAS Travel Peru - So much more than you were looking for!
    • SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator
    • SAS Travel Peru - Experience & Expertise since 1990

Important news -COVIT 19.

The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu will merely re-open from November 1st 2020, we are looking for security, health control and, above all, social distancing mesures. Plan and book your trip to Peru with flexibility.
1.- Reschedule your trip without any extra cost.- To reschedule or postpone your trek or tour date, just send us an email to: [email protected]
Permits and entrances for all our treks, tours and trips are available from January 1st to December 31st, 2021, 2022. Also -All our tours, treks, and trips booked can be rescheduled for any start date up until the end of 2024.
2.- New Flexible Bookings.- We are taking new online booking for Tours, Treks to Machu Picchu and all other trips listed in our website for dates after August 2020 and for future dates until 2024, -If COVID-19 still does not allow to travel to Peru, then we will be very flexible to move on for a future date as many times as necessary. Please note at this stage, due to this unexpected world pandemic situation, you are entitled to use the entire amount of your booking deposit paid for the new departure date trips while they are available this year 2020 and the next year 2021 until 2024.

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Price Information

US$ 1,890.00 p/person

(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)

Please Note

Daily Departures: Upon permits Availability.
2 person group US$ 1,890 pp.
3-4 person group USD$ 1,590 pp.
5-6 person group USD$ 1,290 pp
7-8 person group USD$ 990 pp
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If you are interested in hiking this awesome trek to Machu Picchu in a small group and you would like to join 2 or 4 person to make lower costs, please let us know, then we can try to find other trekkers please contact at: [email protected]

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Is it for me?

It is important to be in good physical condition to make this moderate rated but truly rewarding trek. If you want to visit a number of stunning Inca sites linked by a beautiful stone pathway built in the midst of the most incredible scenery in rising altitudes. A good mix of culture, nature, archaeology and scenic beauty. ..then this is for you! Book early, Get in shape, Get good boots and have fun... !

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Difficulty

Moderate
Highest point 4,200 mts.

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Briefing

Inca Trail Classic 4Day/3Nights - DAILY DEPARTURES! Private Service.-This special Inca Trail in a private service can depart any date as long as there are Permits available. These permits are required and is important to reserve in advance, You need to book 4-6 months before due to the Permits. For last-minute booking please check the availability permits link. For 20-30 minutes, the night before your trek at 6:00 pm at your hotel.

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Inca Trail Classic 4Day/3Night -PRIVATE SERVICE.

Last Minute Information

  • Permits for Classic Inca Trail hike in 2020, 2021are LIMITED. (There is a LIMITED number of permits offered daily, only 200 spots are granted... so BOOK NOW !). FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE BASIS. - BOOK ONLINE well in advance (10-8 months IN ADVANCE.) on low season (from December to March 7-6 months in advance). WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU -ACT NOW and SIGN UP SOON! Only with highly recommended mountain guides!
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  • **EARLY BOOKING SPECIAL 2019-2020. -DAILY DEPARTURES:
  • Upon your request but note that permits are LIMITED... BOOK NOW!**
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  • 2 person group US$ 1,890 per person.
  • 3-4 person group USD$ 1,590 per person
  • 5-6 person group USD$ 1,290 per person
  • 7-8 person group USD$ 990 per person
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  • ALTERNATIVE TREK TO MACHU PICCHU.- Lares Trek + Short Inca Trail 4 Day. SEE our Open Fixed Departures. CLICK HERE for DETAILS:
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  • If you are interested in hiking this awesome trek to Machu Picchu in a small group and you would like to join 2 or 4 person to make lower costs, please let us know, then we can try to find other nice trekkers please contact here at: [email protected]
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  • DAILY DEPARTURES FOR 2020- 2021. AVAILABLE SPACES:
  • UPON YOUR REQUEST, if you are 2 people and you would like to hike in a private trek you can book online, get a reservation code and pay a deposit to confirm. We will advertise and try our best to get more people to build up a small group. The price of the tour will be based on the number of participants. We recommend to book in advance.
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  • SAS Travel -HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Friendly, knowledgeable and experienced guides.
  • Guided tours of the seven Inca archaeological sites en route to Machu Picchu.
  • Delicious and nutritious freshly cooked gourmet meals using local products.
  • Experienced team of local porters from Pisac and Paucartambo.
  • New tents and quality camping equipment. Showers on the first campsite.
  • Free baggage storage in Cusco at Hotel Marqueses and in Aguas Calientes.
  • Celebration Lunch in Aguas Calientes.
  • Inca Trail Survivor Certificate signed by your guides.
  • Special snack and buffet lunch on Day 4 (final day).
  • 100% Operated by SAS Travel: we never place you with other tour operators.
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  • HOW TO BOOK: Permits for the Inca Trail trek sell out so quickly that we strongly advise making a booking and paying a down payment as soon as possible. Before booking on our calendar please see our open groups here or register your details in Step 2 and generate a code to pay a down payment with Visa or MasterCard in Step 3 (US$525.00 per person) or pay US$500.00 per person with PAYPAL. In the “Enter description” field, please write your reservation code and your name. In “Item price” write the amount you would like to pay.
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  • Tickets for Huayna Picchu: If you would like to walk up Huayna Picchu Mountain after the trek and tour of the Machu Picchu archaeological site, please let us know ASAP as passes are also limited. The admission is US$85.00 per person (US$45 pp for students with ISIC card), which we’ll add to your booking deposit so we can purchase your tickets for the second Huaynapicchu turn at 11:00 a.m. Alternatively, we recommend booking our 5 Day Inca Trail with Huaynapicchu Mountain.
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  • Special: 7 Day / 6 Night Classic Inca Trail Trek, Cusco and Hotel Marqueses Package. This includes a Cusco and Sacred Valley tour, as well as the classic Inca Trail hike with 6 kg porter service, for US$995.00 per person. You can read more about this offer here: 7 Day Classic Inca Trail Package.
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  • ALTERNATIVE TREKS and OTHER HIKES and TOURS by TRAIN to MACHU PICCHU are -AVAILABLE... from May to December 2018, 2019: 2 Day Short Inca Trail, 2 Day Short Inca Trail with Camping, 3 Day Sacred Valley + Short Inca Trail, 4 Day Lares Trek, 4 Day Lares + Short Inca Trail, 4 or 5 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu SEE our OPEN Trips: Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu.

Special Offer

BOOK a Tour with SAS Travel and GET a 10% DISCOUNT in our MARQUESES BOUTIQUE Hotel in Suite, Deluxe or Standard rooms plus a FREE pick up from airport at your arrival to Cusco. Reservations at: [email protected]
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The best itinerary for a Private Small Group Inca Trail hike...!!!
Day 1: Cusco - Ollanta - Km 82 Piskacucho - Ayapata 1st Camping.
Day 2: Ayapata, Dead woman`s pass, Llulluchapampa, Pacaymayo camp.
Day 3: Chakicocha, Phuyu, Intipata, Winaywayna, (Hotel in Aguas Calientes optional)
Day 4: Aguas Calientes -Machupicchu,(Huaynapicchu) Aguas Calientes, Cusco.
Entrance fee for Huaynapicchu USD$ 85.00 per person, book in advance.
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ADVANTAGES OF INCA TRAIL 4Day/3Night -PRIVATE SERVICE:
- Daily departures upon your request and availability. (3-4 person mínimum).
- Pre-Departure briefing the night before your tour in your hotel.
- 7 Kg personal porter, (SAS provide a duffle bag for the porter.)
- Experienced English speaking mountain guide, expert cooks amd porters.
- Guided tour and interpretation at Machupicchu, extra time to explore.
- New Eureka comfortable tents "Outfitters 4" tent for 2 people, pillows
- Thermal rest mattress, Emergency First-aid kit, and Oxygen.
- Bus down to Aguas Calientes, Vistadome train return to Cusco.
-100% Operated by SAS Travel, we never put you with other operators.
-We guarantee 100% Peruvian SAS Travel top mountain guides.
-(Optional: start from Ollantaytambo or Urubamba).
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Walking Inca Trail to Machupicchu with SAS Travel; Fully portered trek where your comfort is our prime responsibility, we make sure that you get the best experience of your holiday while you interact with the locals, explore and rediscover remote ancient Inca buildings, learning some Quechua words and history, take in the stunning landscape surrounding you and simply feel one with mother nature, while we carry your gear, prepare your meals, set up your camps and take care of all your requirements. At SAS Travel we want you to worry about nothing but getting the maximum out of your trip... just exceeding your expectations !!

Program Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Ollanta - Km 82 Piskacucho - Ayapata 1st Camping.

Early pick-up from your hotel will begin around 5:00 am. We will meet at our departure point, Plaza Regocijo, by 5:30 to board our private transportation. Make sure you carry your original passport or ISIC card. Our journey from Cusco to Piskacucho takes approximately 3 hours, with many beautiful views of the Sacred Valley, the Urubamba River, Andean towns, and the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. Along the way, we will stop to stretch our legs, use the bathroom, and enjoy breakfast, before continuing on to Piscacucho (2,680 m / 8,790 ft). There we will meet our camp crew and the porters who will carry our belongings during our 35-mile hike. Passports in hand, we clear the official Inca Trail check point, cross a suspension footbridge across the Urubamba River, and begin our trek with a gentle climb. We have three hours on relatively level terrain as we follow the course of the river, rewarded with superb views of Mount Veronica (5,750 m). The easy walk passes through a forest of giant cactus and native bushes. At Miskay we take the trail to the left, ascending gradually to Willkaraccay high above the mouth of the Cusichaca River and across from the Inca town of Llactapata (Terrace Town). Our vantage point is from a flat bluff above the extensive site, which was built as a fort because it commands the entrance to the Cusichaca Valley. The terracing system was used during Inca times for growing maize, a prestige crop that needed irrigation in the dry highlands. After a short rest, we continue another 15 minutes down to our lunch site at Tayaroc. Our path is adorned with native flowers and bromeliads growing in the boulders along the left side, and by majestic views of the mountains in both valleys. Walking times are always approximate, depending on weather conditions, group ability and other factors. After lunch, another 3-4 hours will bring us to the village of Wayllabamba (3,000 m / 9,840 ft), followed by an uphill climb through woods and along a stream to our first camp at Ayapata (3,300 m / 10,824 ft). You will be rewarded with Te Macho and a buffet dinner. Buenas Noches!!!
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Meals: BLD, Accommodation: Camping, Maximum Altitude: 3,300 m/10,824 ft, Minimum Altitude: 2,680 m/8,790 ft, Distance Travelled: 12 km approx Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 hours / Ascent up: 620 m

Day 2: Ayapata, Llulluchayoq, Dead woman`s pass, Pacaymayo, Runkuracay, Sayacmarka, Chakicocha.

After breakfast, we depart from the Ayapata camp around 7:00 am. This is our longest day, but one rewarded with spectacular views down several valleys and up to the surrounding snow-covered peaks. We will put in a 5-hour hike to reach our lunch camp in the Pacaymayo Valley, then another 3-4 hours to our night camp at Chakicocha. We begin with a 900-m ascent up to the Warmiwanusca (Dead Womans) Pass at 4,200 m/13,776 ft. Along the way, we ascend steeply uphill through the Corralpunku Valley to the Llulluchayoc Zone, where you can see several species of birds. With luck we will see hummingbirds, falcons and black-chested buzzard eagles. We will soon enter a beautiful cloud forest, or polylepis woodland, and the treeless grasslands of the puna. From this point, you can see the highest pass ahead. The path climbs for two more hours along a large number of steps, some of them newly laid to protect the mountain from erosion. You can walk at your own pace, stopping to catch your breath whenever you like. This last hard climb brings us to Dead Woman's Pass, the first of two that we will cross today. Once the full group reaches this pass, we take a rest break before beginning a steep descent into the Pacaymayo Valley on the other side. You will find that your energy returns as we proceed along this downhill segment toward a generous lunch and rest. In the afternoon we begin a second ascent, this time to the ruins at Runcuracay, located a bit below the Runcuracay Pass (3,950 m / 12,956 ft). From the pass, in clear weather, you can look back to the Dead Woman's Pass and forward to a breath-taking sweep of snow-capped peaks. These include the 6,000-m Pumasillo (Pumas Claw) massif. From here, most of the trail is downhill or gently undulating until we reach the impressive ruins at Sayacmarca. After some exploration, another 20 minutes bring us to Chakicocha (3,400 m / 11,000 ft). This will be our coldest night on the trail, at around +3 degrees C in December and -4 C in June. Teatime and Buffet Dinner.
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Meals: BLD, Accommodation: camping, Maximum Altitude: 4,200 m/13,776 ft, Minimum Altitude: 3,000 m/9,840 ft, Distance Travelled: 16 km approx, Approximate Walking Time: 7-8 hours / Ascent up: 900 m

Day 3: Chakicocha, Aobamba Valley, Phuyupatamarka, Intipata, Winaywayna, (Aguas Calientes -optional)

At sunrise, you will catch sight of Sayacmarca back along the trail, perched on the side of one of the many mountains that surround our campsite. Today´s hike is exceptionally beautiful because we will pass the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, Winaywayna, and Intipata, and enjoy dramatic vistas of the Aobamba Valley. This stretch of the trail is of well-kept paved stone, still in great condition after hundreds of years. Your lungs will appreciate the fact that today´s hike is much more down than up, and significantly shorter than yesterday´s.  In getting to Phuyupatamarca (the Town of the Clouds), we will pass through the first of two short, natural tunnels in the mountains. After visiting this site, we will descend about 2,000 stone steps to Winaywayna. If you have not had any knee problems up to this point, you may after this descent. If you have had prior knee injuries, we recommend the use of trekking poles, and perhaps an extra porter, to relieve some of the stress on your joints.  Around mid-day, we will arrive at the site of Winaywayna the last of the remarkable ruins en route, which we will explore and have a guided visit (2,700 m / 8,856 ft). After we will visit the adjacent site of Intipata with its dramatic terraces on the left side of the road. 
After visiting the complex of Wiñaywayna we have our lunch and time for a rest before we continue with our last section of our trek for about 1.5 hours toward the Sun´s Gate Inti Punku, natural mirador of Machupicchu here you can make really nice pictures and contemplate the beauty of this impressive wonder.
From Inti Punku,- a final easy 40-minute hike will bring us to the entrance to Machu Picchu itself. The trail ends at a series of terraces, which present classic views of the overall city. We will continue on to explore the site, with explanations provided by your guide. Now in front of Machupicchu you will have time to appreciate this marvelous and magical place from the top levels near farming terrains to have spectacular views, after we enjoy enough time we start to walk down for 10 minutes toward Machupicchu´s main gate to board a bus to Aguas Calientes town, where staff of Viajeros Hotel are waiting for us.  After settle in our private rooms, your guide will take you to the natural hot springs to relax and indulge your muscles then return for our dinner at the Hotel. OR our 2nd option is if you don`t want to end in Aguas Calientes town, to get off the bus at Puente Ruinas camp for our 3rd Night in camping in Puente Ruinas near to the river OR our 3rd option is to stay at Wiñaywayna camping for the 3rd night (2 hours before Machu Picchu) and walk this short leg on the morning on Day 4th. and arrive to Machu Picchu by 08:00 am and spend the full morning with your group and have a guided tour.
* (For those people interested in climb to WAYNA PICCHU mountain you need to book in advance and ask to purchase a new ticket USD$ 85.00 per person and this will be for the 2nd turn at 10.00 am after your guided tour at Machu Picchu). Guides are not allowed to climb this mountain, there are park guards along the route and is well signposted.
Meals: BLD,   Accommodation: camping,   Maximum Altitude: 3,750 m/ 12,300 ft,   Minimum Altitude: 2,700 m/8,856 ft,  Distance Travelled: 10 Km approx. Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours /Descent: 700 m

Day 4: Aguas Calientes -Machupicchu, (Waynapicchu) Aguas Calientes, Cusco.

We will get up very early around 5:30 am we will take the first bus to Machupicchu ( 30 minutes) then walk for 10 minutes to the higher part for overlooking Machu Picchu -the guard House for the first rays of the sunrise and great views. Guided tour in each of the group of temples and residences for 2-3 hours, your guide will show the 3 window and principal temple on the main Inca Plaza and other areas of this marvelous city, The formal tour will end around midday, after which there will be a couple of hours for more exploring on your own. For those still with energy and interested to climb the Huaynapicchu mountain, please note that you need to reserve and purchase a ticket in advance (also are limited spaces, there are 2 sessions: 1st at 7am; 2nd at 10 am. (In case of 5 Day trip we recommend you to book a 2nd turn entry at 10 am,) Additional options: If your legs, lungs, and energy still hold up after our four days of hiking, it may be possible to climb the peak of Huayna Picchu, behind the main site. However, special permits are required and they are issued in limited quantities. So if you are interested, talk with your guide at the initial briefing for the trek, and remind them on the third night to make arrangements. If permits are not available, you may instead hike to the Inca Bridge or climb Machu Picchu mountain, both located near the site, but staying at Aguas Calientes town you will have a big chance for this. In the early afternoon, lunch will be provided at Viajeros Hotel down in the town of Aguas Calientes. There you will also be able to store your backpack, take a shower and/or look around the town a bit before catching the train back to Cuzco.
Meals: BL, Accommodation: Not Included, Maximum Altitude: 2,700 m / 8,856 ft, Minimum Altitude: 2,400 m / 7,872 ft (Machupicchu), Distance Travelled: 8 Km approx plus exploration of Machu Picchu
Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 hours /Descent: 300 m

What is Included:

  • Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before of your Hotel.
  • Pick-up from your hotel in Cusco from (05:00 am) or Sacred Valley.
  • Private Transport to km 82 –Piskacucho (trek starting point)
  • 11 Full meals for the entire tour (4 Breakfast, 4 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian,vegan option, gluten,wheat free or special diets upon your request.)
  • 2 expert SAS gourmet mountain cook, assistants.
  • Permit for Inca Trail Park and Machupicchu Sanctuary.
  • Porters to carry camping equipment, tents, table,stools and cooking gear.
  • 2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
  • (Visit and guided tours of the 7 Inca archaeological sites en route.)
  • Dining and kitchen tent, camping tables and stools
  • Happy hour with macho-tea and hot drinks every afternoon on camp.
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
  • A gentle start to the day with a wake up coca tea in your tent.
  • 2 person per tent (clean,new spacious 4 person dome igloo tent)
  • Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress, (Pillows by request)
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
  • Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance..
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable system.
  • 3-4 guided tour in Machupicchu and extra time for yourself.
  • Snack at Machupicchu before your tour.
  • Bus down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes town.
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes after Machupicchu tour.
  • Time to go to the hot springs or shop around the village.
  • 7 Kg porterage service for your personal belongings.
  • Confirmed Vistadome Deluxe train return to Cusco.

What is not Included:

  • Sleeping bag (to hire for 4 Days US$ 25)
  • A pair of Trekking poles US$20 for entire trek.
  • Entrance fee for Huaynapicchu mountain, extra of USD$ 85.00 pp
  • Tips for your staff, guides, cooks, porters etc. ( US$25-US$30 approx )

We recommend that you bring:

  • Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable).
  • A backpack to carry your sleeping bag, roll mattress and personal belongings.
  • A daypack to carry your personal belongings only in case you hired a porterage service, (we provide a duffle bag when you hire a personal porter).
  • Warm sleeping bag Minus 8ºC /
  • Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support or tough runners/sneakers, Rubber-soled sandals or (flip flops),
  • Warm clothes, Polartec or Polar fleece, layers for variable temperature especially at night / Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or in cold conditions.
  • Gloves or mittens, scarf, three pairs wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights. /
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zipoff to short pants for comfort.
  • Torch (Flashlight), head torch and extra batteries.
  • Camera and extra batteries, small size binoculars. /
  • Wide-brimmed hats, wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face,
  • Sunscreen good sunblock (SPF 15) or better. Lip balm and Insect repellent. Sunglasses /
  • Rain Gear: a good rain jacket, rain poncho.
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes,
  • Water bottle, (disposable plastic bottles are forbidden in Machupicchu site). /
  • Water purifying tablets (optional), since we provide boiled water, also bottle water available to buy. Bathing suits for hot springs in Aguas Calientes town.
  • Personal medical kit, Bring medications you need from home.
  • Inflatable or travel pillow. Book, phrasebook.
  • Plastic bags (Ziploc baggies).
  • Trekking poles metal tips are not allowed on the trail (rubber tips can find in Cusco.

Please Note

  • For last minute booking please check availability in Inca Trail Permits.
  • Or you can call us to reserve and book for your private trek.
  • In low season ( December to April ) 1 or 2 months before.
  • This trek also can be accommodated to depart from Ollantaytambo, so you can start walking early the first past of the trek and avoid the crowds. After visiting the Sacred Valley you can stay in Ollantaytambo, also help a bit to cope with the altitude because it is lower altitude than Cusco.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • A.- PERMITS, BOOKING & RESERVATIONS.-
  • When do I need to book to confirm my Inca Trail permits? Permits for Classic Inca Trail trek are limited and must be reserved and booked 10-8 months before the date of your desired date -especially in the high season from May to August (6-3 months before for other months). Make sure to spend a couple of nights in Cusco in order to acclimate before your trek. This 4 or 5 Day Trek can be also booked with our MULTIDAY TOURS with INCA TRAIL We strongly recommend a visit to your doctor and dentist before your holiday. You must ask your doctor about current inoculation requirements. During your trek, you are under the control of your tour guide and that leader has the authority to determine your suitability to continue with your trek.
  • When can I start my Inca Trail trek ?  We offer -Daily Departures for all our Group and private service Inca trail trek. Make sure to spend a couple of nights in Cusco previous your trek starting date in order to acclimate, please check out here AVAILABILITY & TREK DEPARTURES Please note the starting trek date is the same for all our -Group service Classic Inca Trail treks: 4 Day,3 Night trek, 4Day/4Night trek, 5Days/4Night trek with Huaynapicchu mountain. 
  • How to confirm my permits and How to pay a booking deposit ? Online bookings are essential on our webpage, click on the page of the desired tour, fill out with the requested details as a mandatory (Name and surname, passport number, age, and nationality) -your registered data is protected in our secured and encrypted website, (all passengers require a valid passport -valid for at least 6 months beyond the conclusion of their trip. Students until 26 years old must send us a copy of the valid University card via email, Childs must send us a copy of passport. Once you have booked online, make an online payment in our website, a booking deposit of US$ 300 per person plus 5% = US$ 315 per person with Visa, MC, Amex debit/ credit card. Passengers interested in Inca Trail trek plus a Ticket for Huaynapicchu Mt pay US$ 385 pp plus 5% Visa, MC fee.
  • Where this tour start.- All our tours as Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu hikes 4Day/3Night, 4Day/4Night or 5Day/4Night, Sacred Valley + Inca Trail trek 5 Day start from Cusco, located at 3,400 meters in the southwest mountains region of Peru.  
  • What Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu to Choose ?Inca Trail Classic 4 Day/3Night  without Huaynapicchu
  • Inca Trail Classic 4 Day/3Night with Huaynapicchu   
  • Inca Trail Classic 4 Day/4Night without Huaynapicchu
  • Inca Trail Classic 4 Day/3Night with Huaynapicchu
  • Inca Trail 5 Days/ 4Nights plus Huaynapicchu mt. and night at Aguas Calientes. 
  • All our MULTIDAY TOURS with INCA TRAIL trek. 7,8,9,10,12,15,18,21 Day Tours
  •  Huayna Picchu Mt permits at 11:00 am or at 07:00 am  Limited spots, it needs to book and purchase the entries in advance (6-4 months before). The cost is US$ 85 pp ( $45 pp for students with University card). Please note your entrance to Machu Picchu, Inca Trail hike and permit for Huayna Picchu are allocated with your name and passport details so they are non-transferable and non-refundable. Neither can be used for the next year.    
  • Inca Trail Classic 4 Day/3Night.- Your group will arrive to Machupicchu by 07:00 am then you will have a  2-3 hours for the group guided tour at Machu Picchu sanctuary, where your guide will show you all remarkable temples, residences, plazas, fountains, terraces and neighborhoods, afterward you can still stay visiting around -ask details to your guide or take the exit way toward the entry and get on the regular buses running down to Aguas Calientes to our meeting place at Hostal Viajeros for our final group lunch. 
  • Inca Trail Classic 4 Day/3Night plus Huaynapicchu mt. ticket permit for Day 4th.- If you only have 4 Days and want to walk Huaynapicchu mountain during your day and after your guided tour in Machupicchu, as if you want to ask our assistance in organizing the permit for Huaynapicchu included in your tour you will need to make the deposit for Inca Trail Classic 4Day/3Nigh + Huaynapicchu mountain ticket permit for Day 4 at 11:00 am as US$385 plus 5% card fee. 
  • Inca Trail 4 Days/ 4Nights with Huaynapicchu Mt.:This is exactly the same 4 Day/3Night tour but the advantage is you can spend few more hours on the entire Day 4th till 5pm in Machu Picchu site, walk Huaynapicchu Mt you can relax in the hot springs of Aguas Calientes in the evening and the package includes your dinner on Day 4 and your breakfast on Day 5th plus an accommodation -based in a double room.  The train journey is incredibly beautiful so you want to be able to appreciate this in daylight hours, the train will depart Aguas Calientes just before 9:00 am and arrives to Ollantaytambo at 11.30 am then you can enjoy visiting Ollantaytambo before taking a bus to Cusco from here. Transport to Cusco not included you can get there for 15 Soles pp. (You can include as well a walk to Huanapicchu Mt on Day 4 th). Pay $ 385 pp plus 5% Visa, MC fee with your reservation code and indicate below in Notes.
  • What is the Special 4th Night in Aguas Calientes without Huaynapicchu Mt ?Inca Trail 4D/4Nights Group Service is the regular Inca Trail 4d/3n plus 1 night (based on double/triple accommodation) in Aguas Calientes in Hotel Viajeros. It is a great way to take advantage of the relaxing jungle ambiance of Aguas Calientes. There are more trails to venture on for further exploration including the Putukusi Trail, where the summit offers an amazing view of the immense site and Huayna Picchu Mountain. Or to wind down after a grueling trek, soak in the natural hot springs for 15 soles. The soothing, naturally heated waters are said to possess healing properties. For more information see the actual trek Inca Trail 4D/4Nights -Group Service.  
  • Inca Trail plus Huaynapicchu mt. and Aguas Calientes town 5 Days/ 4Nights.- We definitely believe that if you are doing the Inca Trail trek and also want to climb Huayna Picchu Mt then this is the best value. This trip is hiking the classic 4 Day Trail trek, stay overnight in Aguas Calientes, enjoy he hot springs, on Day 5 th re-enter to Machupicchu and walk Huayna Picchu Mt. This is especially a good opportunity in the wet season giving you a second opportunity to see Machu Picchu. Afternoon Train returns to Cusco arriving around 8:00 pm (Guide, bus tickets, lunch on Day 5th are not included). The cost is $85.00 pp or $45.00 pp with a valid University student card (you must send us a scanned copy of your university card asap).
  • Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu? In truth, it is not a typical sunrise. As long as you don´t have too much mist or low cloud then you see the first light illuminating Machu Picchu. It is after dawn though as the sun must rise up over the high mountains surrounding Machu Picchu.  
  • How long am I able to stay at Machu Picchu? How I will I get down to Aguas Calientes? You will have a guided tour of the ruins that lasts approximately 2-3 hours, after which time you will have 2-3 hours more to spend on your own. You can climb Huayna Picchu att 11:00 am (reservation and new pay required $85 pp) or just explore. After the guided portion, your guide will give you a bus ticket for the transfer down to Aguas Calientes. You can take the bus anytime you like. We will be serving a buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes town at Hotel Viajeros starting at 1.45 pm so that is something to keep in mind. If you choose to skip lunch, then you just need to be down in time for your train ride at 14:30 pm at the latest. Train leave at 14:55 pm  /  2nd train at 16:22pm  
  • What is the easiest way to reach Cusco.- Get a flight from Lima (Peru´s capital city) located at the coast near Pacific Ocean at  0  -cero meters, there are several air companies as Latam, Avianca, Star Peru, Peruvian Airlines it takes 1 hour (most of the flights are early in the morning and afternoon).  Bus from Lima to Cusco takes 24 Hrs  (Cruz del Sur, Oltursa and Civa recommends bus companies if you have plenty of time and your desire is explore the coast). 
  • Am I able to change dates after the initial reservation?  Not. Once we have confirmed your booking and we have paid for your permits, it is not possible to change the assigned date into another day or replace it with a new person (change of passengers) -note permits are personal, non-transferable and non-refundable. Usually, we need to purchase permits for trekkers and group porters immediately, due to limited available spots and the high demand for permits, after your deposit is paid -depending on the urgency of the situation. The only time that we don’t get them within a few days is if you have reserved a date more than 8-6 months ahead of time. If we already have your permit, and you would like to go in a different date we do must reserve and purchase a new permit and start a new reservation process with your new desired date. 
  • What if do not have my passport right now? The Park officers require to see a valid passport (check out with your embassy), If you don`t have an updated passport, in the meantime due to limited permits, you can book the tour with your old passport number and details, then you must send us via email your new passport number and details.  (You must bring both of your passports, your old passport, and a new passport.)   
  • What are the benefits of doing a private trek? One of the main reasons why a private trek is sought after is because you do not need to worry about which dates we have departures set for. You can choose almost any date that you would like to start the trek, this is recommended for families, a group of friends so you can walk at your own pace and enjoy a private small group size. In addition to the convenience and flexibility in booking, the private option provides a more personal trip experience for your group. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. The guide will focus all of his energy and attention on your group. You can also be more specific about the food that you would like to be served during the trek. It is a truly wonderful experience to go on such an amazing journey with only your friends and loved ones. Ask a SAS Rep how you can arrange your own private tour.
  • What is a University student card? How can I use it to get a discount? University student cards with a valid expiration date marked stands and it is accepted. (Only admitted until 26 years old). Please send us a copy in a scanned email at the time of your booking, otherwise, it is impossible to get a student permit.  The discount that is offered isn’t a SAS Travel discount but is actually offered by the INC and SAS Travel passes the discount on to you. For that reason, it absolutely necessary that we have a scan of your card “in hand” when we go to purchase your permits. If you didn’t send us a copy of it along with the initial booking, then make sure to note on the registration form that you have one and will send the scan as soon as possible so that we know to try and wait before we purchase the permit.
  • Can I pay for the entire tour up front? Usually, we require to pay a booking deposit of $300 pp plus 5%. The balance must be paid on your arrival to Cusco in US$ cash.  If you choose to pay with credit/debit card you need to pay 8% extra. The prices of the tours are for cash payment.  You can withdraw US$ out of the ATMs or banks in Cusco. If you would like to pay in full for your tour up front you can pay in our website with your reservation code adding the 5% extra card fee.
  • I have forgotten how to pay for my reservation so I can confirm.  How can I pay online?     It is very important that you pay an online deposit for your reservation immediately as permits could run out if you do not do so immediately.  You normally just follow the instructions at the time but if you have let some time lapse then please enter this site to make your deposit of $300 per person plus 5%  or pay your remaining final balance. Please use the reservation code. (Pay with Visa, Master Card. OR pay through PayPal on our website. Click on How to Pay: 
  • Arrive in Cusco and check-in at the Cusco SAS Travel office.-  We assume most people try to arrive in Cusco 2-3 days before the trek to allow adequate time for acclimatization and a buffer in case of transport delays.  Once you have settled in and rested you must come to the Cusco office to view and reconfirm the information we have pertinent to your trek, personal requirements and sign the conditions (even if you have already paid in full.) There are occasions when local holidays or unrest may require last-minute changes to departure times or some additional information and so we have a short briefing at 7:00 pm the night before your trek when you meet your guide and other group members. 
  • Where can I store my luggage while I am trekking?  Most hotels and hostels in town offer a storage service in Cusco, for your tour you must only bring things you really will need and leave the rest of your belongings in Cusco. SAS Travel offers free luggage storage for all of our hikers at Hotel Marqueses (Calle Garcilaso  265), located near SAS Travel office. You can then pick up your bags up from the storage at any time after you return from your trek (the hotel is open 24 hours). or even better if you stay in this lovely colonial house. 
  •  B.- BEFORE YOU GO.-
  • What is INCLUDED in the price of the tour?  Basically all components for 4 Days are included (SAS Travel private Transport to the trailhead -Km 82, Entrance Fees to the Trail and Machu Picchu, Group porters to carry clients tents (2 or 3 people tents -upon your request.), Fresh food and cooking equipment, stove, table and benches, Full board meals, Expert guides, Cooks, Bus to Aguas Calientes, Lunch in Aguas Calientes, Expedition Train return to Cusco).  Not included.- A warm sleeping bag, if you don´t want to bring yours you can hire with us, (US$25 for the trip, 4 seasons warm sleeping bag, mummy shape and have a clean bed sheet), a personal porter to carry a roll mattress, sleeping bag and your clothes in total for 8 Kg also can be hired US$80 ( a duffle bag is provided, then you just need a daypack to carry your personal staff). The rest of your belongings need to be stored in your hotel in Cusco or in our Hotel Marqueses free storage.
  • Where are the Departure points for our Treks?  Pick up from your hotels from 05:30 am (we recommend you to have breakfast in your hotel, most hotels offer breakfast or pack breakfast). Meeting departure point at Hotel Marqueses at 05:45 am (located near SAS Travel office) we depart at 05:45 am, (please provide clear contact details of your accommodation in Cusco at your check-in at our office). Your guides will provide the procedure`s details of pick up times at the -briefing session the night before of you trek depart.
  • What should I pack?  See on the page. What to Bring on our trek page.
  • I don`t have a good sleeping bag.  Can I rent one?  YES, you can just organize it at the time of booking.  Down sleeping bag minus 8º Celcius US $ 25.00, 45 Lts Backpack US$ 20.00,  A pair of trekking poles US$ 20.00
  • Personal porter for 8 Kg US$ 80.00 (Half shared porter) or hire a shared personal porter for 6 Kg for $ 60 Dollars for the entire trek.
  • I don`t have a sleeping mattress.  Do I need one?  We include in the cost of the tour the loan of a sleeping mat for the duration of the trek. This is a fairly thick bulky mat that weighs 1 kg and we still say if you are traveling with a thermal-rest or technologically advanced type of sleep mat then definitely bring that instead. Also you can hire a thermal-rest mattress for extra $20 for the trip.
  • How much does the sleeping mat and sleeping bag weigh?  Sleep foam pad mattress weight = 1 kg and Sleeping bag weight = 2-5 kg. Total 3.5 Kg
  • I am on my own, will I have someone to share a tent with? Yes, another person of the same sex or if you prefer you can pay a single supplement for a tent just for you. This is US$ 70 (For the entire trek -please note that is for a single tent and an extra porter who will carry a single tent.)
  • Will I need any extra money? YES, so that you can take part in options such as bottled water, drinks on 1st and 3rd night camping, a hot shower on the 1st night (15 soles), the natural hot springs in Aguas Calientes (15 soles),  tips for your trekking staff -guides, cooks and porters, drinks, snacks in Machu Picchu and drinks at lunchtime at Aguas Calientes, etc.  You should take at least 350 -400 Nuevos Soles as emergency money that hopefully you will return to Cusco with!  Also, for the passengers that are concerned about health, it may be prudent on your part to keep in mind that a train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes costs approx US$75 pp (in case you need to leave the trail early, in this rare case a 2nd guide or assistant will help you to take you a lower level and help you to get a train to Aguas Calientes town where we will arrange accommodation and meals until you meet your group, have a tour at Machu Picchu and return by train to Cusco.)
  • Do the guides speak English?  SAS Travel has high standards for our guides. All of our top guides must be educated in the field of tourism, most of them obtained a University degree, first aid assistance and completely fluent in English. Our guides are also one of the most popular aspects of our tours as some of them are historians and archaeologists and are passionate to transmit Incas History.
  • How many people will be in my group?  We require 6 people minimum for our treks, indicated dates on web availability are open groups in which you are welcome to join, Average 10-12 . We can have up to 8 trekkers with one guide and from 9 -16 trekkers we have 2 licensed trekking guides. During low season the groups are more likely to be small and during high season the groups will likely be full. The Park office has a rule in place that limits the number of passengers per 2 guides to 16 persons. If we are getting a lot of requests for a date and there are still a good number of permits available, we can easily open up a second group for the same date.
  • Should I hire an extra porter?  If you have not trekked in altitude before (3,000 meters to 4,215 meters / 9,842.52 feet to 13,828.74 feet) we highly would suggest you organize an extra porter, (70% of travelers hire an extra porter). If you would like to have a porter carry your things is $80.00 for the entire hike for 8 kilos, OR hire a 6 Kg personal porter for US$ 60.00 for the entire trek (then you only need to carry a small daypack with water, camera, snacks and rain gear in case). SAS Travel provides a duffle porter bag at the briefing the night before your hike -please return this bag after your tour. You should bring only what you absolutely need on the hike and store the rest of your belongings in Cusco (in your hotel or Hotel Marqueses -free luggage storage). Unless you have hired an extra porter, you will need to carry your own backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping mattress, clothings, personal staff and water for the day (boiled water is provided from Day 2 at lunchtime -please note that locals sell bottled water and other drinks at 1st and 2nd camp as a way to get some incomes for their families so we recommend you to buy from them to help their families). If you hire a personal porter, bring a small comfortable backpack with a good back support to carry your personal staff such items as your camera, water bottle, snacks (energy bars, dried fruits, sweets, etc) sunscreen, sun-glasses, a fleece or something warm and a rain poncho (during the rainy season or cloudy days) porters do not walk alongside you, your bags and belongings will be at campsite at afternoon. (Please after the hike return our blue duffle bag to your guide or into our office in Cusco).
  • Please note that there are fines and notifications against our company if you give excess weight to your hired porter, so try to under-pack rather than over-pack  -if your bag overweight at the check-in point, items will have to be removed to reduce the weight. If you are considering carrying all your belongings (mat, sleeping bag, clothes and personal items) we suggest bringing a bigger comfortable backpack -only if you are an experienced trekker, experience hiking on the mountain and top physical conditions.
  • B. ON THE TREK.-
  • I am not really an experienced trekker? What if I can’t keep up? How difficult is the Inca Trail?  1st recommendation is to hire a personal porter for 8 Kg, intensify your walks and hikes in a way of training at home, bring or hire trekking poles. Only in extremely rare circumstances does a passenger need to come back early. You just need to remember that you are able to go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, pace yourself, and enjoy. (One of the guides will always accompany the slow participants in the group help and assist you.
  • The Inca Trail is considered a moderate trek, it is a little difficult on the 2nd day when you reach the 4,200 meters masl. It's not a technical hike but there are a lot of Inca stairs to walk up and down, and the altitude may affect some individuals. The air is very thin which makes it difficult to breathe.  We recommend strongly to hire a personal porter, use trekking poles...enjoy, relax and rest.
  • Are Trekking poles really necessary? For this trek more than any of the treks, we DO recommend the use of trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known knee problems. There are multiple times during the trek that a Trekking pole is handy, be it ascending a mountain or walking down immense sets of Inca stairs. It will help with your balance, security in irregular bleachers and reduce the impact on your knees.  You can purchase rubber tips for metal tips.
  • How long will I be walking every day? How long is the trail?  The total distance is 46 Km/ 28 Miles. This is an approximate breakdown according to our regular campsites: Pickups, Departure points?  Pick up from your hotels from 05:30 am. Meeting departure point at Hotel MARQUESES at 05:45 am.  (Depart from Cusco at 05:45 am).  From Cusco 3 Hrs Drive to Km 82, start of the hike.
  • Day 1:  3-4 hours drive to Km 82. Walk from Km 82 -2600m to Hatun-Chaka 1st Camp -3000m (12 Km to walk  6-7 hours)- 400m to climb.
  • Day 2: Hatun-Chaka  Pacaymayo 2nd Camp -3600m.(Highest point 4,200m)16 km. 8 hours 1,200 m to climb.
  • Day 3: Pacaymayo to Wiñay-Wayna 3rd Camp 2,700m. (12 km to walk. 5-6 hours).  200 m to climb.
  • Day 4: Wiñay-Wayna to Machu Picchu -2400m. (6 Km to walk. 3 hours walk) 200 m to climb.
  • Day 4th wake up around 4.00 am, 2-3 hour to Inti-punku Sun`s Gate, MachuPicchu. The entire trail is about 46 kilometers (27 miles) long from start to finish. For hikers interested in climbing to Huayna Picchu Mt (takes 2 hours) you must reserve and pay in advance so we can purchase your passes and it is after your group tour by 11.00 am.
  • Is Altitude Sickness common?   And how high is the Inca Trail? It's impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full day spent in Cusco (3,399m), take it easy and drink plenty of water is enough for some people but if you can arrange to have minimum 2-3 days drink cups of Coca tea, eat light, no alcohol, in case of any travel disruptions as well then this is what we recommend as there is also so much to do here!.  The highest point you will reach while hiking the Inca Trail is 4200m/13818 ft. on the 2nd Day.
  • What if I am unable to finish the trail? In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to health issues, SAS Travel will do everything in its power to get you to the nearest civilization and get help or transportation to help. If the issue is respiratory or due to altitude, we do carry at least one tank of oxygen on a trek that you will have access to. In extreme cases, a helicopter picks up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel Insurance reference is required.) There are no refunds in the situation that you are unable to finish though.  Generally if due to altitude sickness people can`t make it over the pass on the 2nd day they come back to Ollantaytambo accompanied by a porter if just mild (or guide if serious) and if they recover from altitude sickness they stay the night here in Ollantaytambo and then take the train to Aguas Calientes the next day ( Day 3) and we look after them in Hostal Viajeros and then they rejoin their group in Machu Picchu early on Day 4 and continue the tour as normal.  The additional costs for this such as train ticket and accommodation is payable by the passenger and usually is between $60-100 total.
  • Can SAS Travel accommodate my dietary needs?  What kind of food will there be?
  • Not to worry, SAS Travel is able to accommodate many types of dietary needs upon request at the time of booking. If you are a vegetarian, or cannot eat gluten or have allergies to certain foods, it will not be a problem. The meals of our chefs are one of the most popular parts of our tours too, and the quality will not be reduced when accommodating your dietary needs. The meals are served buffet style and you are able to choose what you would like to eat. Your guides will let you know what time the meals will be served.  Our cooks prepare excellent high-energy meals appropriate for a trek of this nature. The menu usually includes quinua, cereals and vegetable soups, Beaf Lomo Saltado with rice, chicken casserole, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of oatmeal, eggs and other breakfast foods as scramble egg, quinua panqueques.
  • Will I need to bring water? We recommend that you purchase a 2 liters bottle of water to take with you on the first day. On 2nd you can buy water from locals because they provided their campsite and bathroom, they offer hot shower for 15 Soles, we will boil water when is possible so you can refill the same bottle, not recommended to drink water directly from streams or rivers even using water purification -most people get sick not for the altitude rather by drinking not good water. You will be able to buy bottled water, drinks (Gatorate, Cocacola, beers, etc) along the way on Day 1 and Day 2, then again on the afternoon of Day 3, and of course at Machu Picchu (bring small bills in Soles).
  • Are there bathrooms along the way? Along the trail, there are several sites with toilets with running water. Bring a roll of toilet paper. As far as other trash goes, please carry your own trash to each campsite where the porters will pack it up and take it out. Our camping team will install a toilet tent for our group. Leave no trace! Please do not litter.
  • Is it OK to bring toddlers on the trail?If you are thinking of bringing any small children with you, we highly recommend arranging a private tour with us instead of going on a group service departure. That way, you can get the extra attention that you will require from the guide. It should be remembered that it is likely you will have a difficult time as it is, so if you have never done higher altitude trekking with your child before, you’ll want to carefully consider your enjoyment and the enjoyment of the child. Also, it should be kept in mind that the emergency rescue services while on the trek are extremely limited.
  • Is there a chance that my trek will be canceled? There is very little possibility of a cancellation of a trek by the INC (Park Office) even under extreme weather circumstances or even in case of a strike, there will be no cancellation.  The Park office or SAS Travel cannot change the date of a trek if there is a general strike. We do everything possible to ensure you get to the trailhead to start the trek for the permit date and this means that we must have correct contact details as about 4-5 times a year there is a general strike. This means no land transport is allowed to travel and so the night before the trek /strike date we have to gather everyone together and drive to the trailhead area to camp the night before so we make sure that the trek goes ahead.  In the case that a passenger decides to cancel the tour for whatever reason, you will just have to pay US$75 more and we can put you on a train to Aguas Calientes. That way you are still able to use the Machu Picchu entrance join your group for a tour and return train ticket at least.
  • Is the trail still good during the rainy season? Is it safe? The trail is perfectly safe during the rainy season. Some people actually like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists. If you are one who doesn’t mind the rain, then we say ‘Go for it!’ You will just have to bring good rain gear and waterproof boots.
  • What kind of weather can I expect on the trek? Temperatures? During the “rainy season” (1 Dec - 1 May), you could have some rain any day but you can expect that it could rain every day in Feb and could be heavy! Often in Dec and Jan, you may just get some light continual showers or it could be fine and then a heavy afternoon downpour but in truth, you could also have fine days.  At the same time, it will also be noticeably warmer at night. The day times will get up to about 25 degrees Celsius, the low will be about 2 degrees Celsius.  On the other hand, during the “dry season” (June – Nov) the daytimes will seem strikingly like springtime, with bright and sunny skies, but it will be much colder at night. During the daytime, you can expect it to be somewhere in the range of 20 to 30 degrees Celsius and at night it will be as low as 0 to -5 degrees Celsius. It is always best to dress in layers during any time of year, really. As you hike, put them on when you feel cold or shed them and put it in your day pack when you get hot.
  • How many trekkers and trek crew are in a typical group? For a group of max 16 trekkers, our typical trekking staff comprise of:  01 guide, 01 assistant guide, 01 cook, 01 assistant cook, 01 general assistant in charge of setting up and organization of safe campsites and 18 porters or carriers.  If the group is 8 or less then just 1 guide, 01 cook, 01 general assistant in charge of setting up and organization of safe campsites and 12 porters or carriers.
  • What is the standard procedure when it comes to tips?Tips for the above-mentioned trekking staff are not included in the price of the trek. Tips are optional  not mandatory. Generally, tips are distributed amongst the trekking staff (except the guide and the assistant guide ) on the third night of the trek at Wiñaywayna camp after the evening meal since these trekking staff will not accompany the group to Machupicchu.
  • Tips for the Cook, Assistant cook, Coordinator & Porters: On the third night at dinner time, someone from the group is usually elected to collect the tips. Please remember to take small bills We recommend that the cook should receive about 50% more than the other trekking staff. The money should be paid directly to each individual or representative of porters rather than given to the guide or cook. Deciding how much to tip is always a difficult and sometimes uncomfortable decision. SAS Travel pays our trek staff fairly and treat them with respect and try to provide good working conditions. We think that a tip should not be used to subsidize a poor wage but should be a way to show the staff that you have enjoyed the trek and appreciated the services that they have provided. The tip should, therefore, be optional and not mandatory. However, if you have enjoyed the service, we recommend that each person in the group contributes between (US$ 25-35 ) to a porters tips “pot” which is then distributed amongst the cook, assistant cook, general assistant and porters. This should ensure that each porter will receive a tip of about US$ 20-25 and the cook around US$ 45-50. Obviously, if you want to tip more please do so. Tips for the Assistant Guide: The assistant guide will accompany the group to Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes, he is in charge of getting the passes for Wayna Picchu climbing. We, therefore, recommend that you tip the assistant guide at lunchtime on the fourth day in Aguas Calientes at lunchtime in Hotel Viajeros. We suggest that each person in the group tips the assistant guide between (US$10-12)  Again, tips are optional, not mandatory and dependent on the level of service provided. Obviously, if you want to pay more please do so.
  • Tips for the Guide: The guide will accompany the group throughout the tour including Machupicchu. We recommend that you tip the guide after the tour in Machupicchu at the time of lunch at Hotel Viajeros in Aguas Calientes  We suggest that each person in the group tips the main guide between (US$12 -15)  Again, tips are optional, not mandatory and dependent on the level of service provided. Obviously, if you want to pay more please do so.
  • SUMMARY:  Like in most American countries, tipping is normal practice. If you have enjoyed the service provided by the trekking team we would recommend bringing between (US$ 45-50 ) to covers tips for the trekking staff (porters, cook and guides). However, if you think that you have received poor service you are under no obligation to pay a tip. The trekking team will soon get the message. Please pay tips in cash and do not pay in kind such as in beers, alcohol drinks etc. We have tried to be as clear as possible about tipping but we understand that this is a complicated issue when many different cultures and lifestyles come together.  (The procedure and amounts listed above have been written in conjunction with our guides and trekking staff. We accept that not all of our clients will be in agreement with this information. It is important that you tip the amount that you feel comfortable with. Please try not to let the procedure stress you or cause anyone to feel badly towards other members of the group who wish to pay less than the recommended amount or decide not to pay a tip at all).Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu? In truth, it is not a typical sunrise. As long as you don´t have too much mist or low cloud then you see the first light illuminating Machu Picchu. It is after dawn though as the sun must rise up over the high mountains surrounding Machu Picchu.
  • How long am I able to stay at Machu Picchu? How I will I get down to Aguas Calientes?
  • You will have a guided tour of the ruins that lasts approximately 2-3 hours, after which time you will have 2-3 hours more to spend on your own. You can climb Huayna Picchu att 11:00 am (reservation and new pay required $85 pp) or just explore. After the guided portion, your guide will give you a bus ticket for the transfer down to Aguas Calientes. You can take the bus anytime you like. We will be serving a buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes town at Hotel Viajeros starting at 1.45 pm so that is something to keep in mind. If you choose to skip lunch, then you just need to be down in time for your train ride at 14:30 pm at the latest. Train leave at 14:55 pm  /  2nd train at 16:22pm
  • What time will I be back in Cusco?You generally, arrive back to Cusco around 7.30 pm -8:00 pm. 4Day/4Night Inca Trail version will be returning by 13:00 Hrs.
  • Can you explain the train service a little more?? Many of our travelers request a later train to climb Wayna Picchu or to visit the natural hot baths (for which the town Aguas Calientes is named). We therefore generally reserve a late afternoon train around  14:55 pm or - 16:22 pm for our travelers. Occasionally it is direct to Cusco, but otherwise, the service is to Ollantaytambo with a private bus transfer onwards to Cusco. Often passengers decide to stay a further night in Aguas Calientes instead of returning on the 4th night. This is fine, and we can coordinate your accommodation, but any changes you would like to make with train tickets must be made in person with Peru Rail in Aguas Calientes with proof of identity (i.e. your original passport). They will charge a fee for change of dates and coach options will be according to availability.
  • Where this tour start.-All our tours as Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu hikes 4Day/3Night, 4Day/4Night or 5Day/4Night, short 2 Day/1Night Inca Trail, alternatives hikes to Salkantay, Lares, HuchuyQosqo, Choquequirao, Auzangate, tours by train to Machupicchu, Jungle trips to Manu Park, trips to Puerto Maldonado start from Cusco, located at 3,400 meters in the southwest mountains region of Peru. Cusco (the center of the Inca civilization) is the oldest Inka´s ancient capital called Tawantinsuyo, now it is a beautiful and impressive city in Peru with many Inca temples around blended with the Spanish heritage and rich architectural history and Art which from a long time ago was named as the Rome of America. Cusco is still not a big city compared Lima or Arequipa, quite safe, a 10 minutes ride from the airport and you are at the center of Cusco, more than 20 churches, monasteries, and Plazas and most of the travelers found this city very beautiful, with many good restaurants and shops where staff speak English, most people here speak Spanish and Quichua the Inka´s language, official taxis for less than $1.5 per service (3-4 Soles)... then after your great days in Cusco and around you can continue visiting Manu National Park, Jungle trips to Puerto Maldonado, Colca Canyon in Arequipa, Nazca Lines, Paracas Reserve, Ballestas Islands, the Lake Titikaca in Puno or still visit Copacabana, Sun Island, Uyuni Salar in Bolivia.  
  • ALTITUDE or MOUNTAIN SICKNESS, SOROCHE.- Altitude sickness is serious and can ruin your trip. The biggest mistake you can make is to fly directly to Cuzco (3326m/10,910ft) and expect to hike the next day. Give yourself a few days to adjust to the altitude first.  Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, or Soroche, is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to the low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2,400 meters (approximately 8,000 feet). Acute mountain sickness can progress to high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high altitude cerebral edema (HACE). The causes of altitude sickness are not fully understood. The percentage of oxygen in air remains essentially constant with altitude at 21% up until 70,000 feet (21,330 m), but the air pressure (and therefore the number of oxygen molecules) drops as altitude increases consequently, the available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases above 10,000 feet (3,050m). Altitude sickness usually does not affect persons traveling in aircraft because the cabin altitude in modern passenger aircraft is kept to 8,000 feet (2,440 m) or lower.     A superficially related condition is chronic mountain sickness, also known as Monge's disease, occurring only after prolonged exposure to high altitude. An unrelated condition, often confused with altitude sickness, is dehydration, due to the higher rate of water vapor lost from the lungs at higher altitudes.
  • Those who ascend rapidly to altitudes greater than 2500m (8100 ft) may develop altitude sickness. In Peru, this includes Cusco ( 3326m) Machupicchu (2400m) and Lake Titicaca (3820m). Being physically fit offers no protection. Those who have experienced altitude sickness in the past are prone to future episodes. The risk increases with faster ascents, higher altitudes and greater exertion.
  • Symptoms may include headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, malaise, insomnia and loss of appetite. Severe cases may be complicated by fluids in the lungs (high-altitude pulmonary edema) or swelling of the brain  (high-altitude cerebral edema) If symptoms are more than mild or persist for more than 24 hours (far less at high altitudes), descend immediately by at least 500 meters and see a doctor. To help prevent altitude sickness, the best measure is to spend two nights or more at each rise of 1000m. Alternatively, take 125mg or 250mg of acetazolamide (Diamox) twice or three times daily starting 24 hours before ascent and continuing for 48 hours after arrival at altitude. Possible side effects include increased urinary volume, numbness, tingling, nausea, drowsiness, myopia and temporary impotence. Acetazolamide should not be given to pregnant women or anyone with a history of sulfa allergy. For those who cannot tolerate acetazolamide, the next best option is 4 mg of dexamethasone taken four times daily. Unlike acetazolamide, dexamethasone must be tapered gradually upon arrival at altitude, since there is a risk that altitude sickness will occur as the dosage is reduced. Dexamethasone is a steroid, so it should not be given to diabetics or anyone for whom taking steroids is not advice. A natural alternative is ginkgo biloba, which some people find quite helpful.  When traveling to high altitudes, it´s also important to avoid overexertion, eat light meals and abstain from alcohol  Altitude sickness should be taken seriously, it can be life-threatening when severe.

Booking Information

  • Once you have seen available permits for the tour of your preference and created a reservation code. (If you are travelling as a couple, or with more persons you must book and pay with one reservation code.) But please complete details of your companion on lines below: Travelling with: (write Full names, Passport number, Age and Nationality). Once you finish sending us all your details you will receive a Reservation Code (eg: 240611001). Then you just need to pay your deposit online on Step 3 (pay for 2 or more person in your group with ONE reservation code, so we can guarantee all your permits, tickets for Machupicchu, train tickets and tour all together in a group.)
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  • 1.- Pay a booking deposit ONLINE with VISA or Mastercard.- US$ 525 pp (US$ 500+5% card service fee).
  • 2.- Pay a booking deposit with Paypal.- US$ 530.00 per person Payments by Paypal will carry a surcharge of 6%.
  • 3.- Group booking payment can be send to our Bank account in Peru. Please contact: [email protected]

Terms & Conditions

  • SAS TRAVEL TERMS & CONDITIONS OF THE 4 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU
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  • 1.- You must advise SAS Travel of any medical problems or allergies. You need to be in good physical health and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor re high altitude trekking. If you are over the age of 65, then you will need to present us with a current medical certificate.
  • 2.- You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the service of the guide or tour please advise the guide in that moment so he can resolve any problems as soon as possible.
  • 3.- HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN.- This ticket is not included in the trek. Due to limited availabilty, (only 400 people per day), we recommend you reserve and pay immediately. If this what you are interested in doing, please let us know as soon as possible make the payment (US$70.00 per adult / US$ 40.00 per student who send an ISIC student card at the time of payment) and please send us a copy of your payment and request to [email protected] This ticket will be for the second turn at approx 10:30 after your guided tour of Machupicchu.
  • 4.- FINAL PAYMENT: You must pay the full balance of your tour 1 month before the date of your tour departure using any of the payment options above. If you need to amend or add anything to your final confirmation invoice ie rental of sleeping bags or trekkking poles etc you should contact us at least 6 weeks prior to the tour. This is done by responding to the email with your final confirmation and indicating the rental ítems to be added and then we can adjust your invoice accordingly and reconfirm the exact balance you need to pay by emailing you within that week. (you need to add the 5% credit card comission or 6% Pay pal commission or other fees depending on which payment method you choose.
  • You then can enter the same ONLINE SYSTEM with your reservation reference code or contact us for bank details. Once we receive your payment in full we send you a further email with your confirmation and last minute details.
  • 5.- The student US$40 discount for use of student cards is regulated by the park itself, not SAS Travel. All student ISIC cards are validated by the control of the park and only accepted if you scanned a clear copy of your valid ISIC card through with your deposit at the time of booking and it was confirmed. A Youth Travel card or International Teachers cards are not accepted by the control.
  • 6.- You must carry your original passport and valid ISIC card (if applicable) on the trail, If you do not take the correct original passport as indicated in your permit, the control will annul your permit and refuse you entrance to the trail. If for any reason, you organize a new passport after we have purchased your permits, you must bring the old passport with you, or if this is impossible advise us in writing with a scan of the old passport and your new passport for us to present to the INC with official documentation to avoid problems. Administration charge for this formal change is (US$ 15 pp)
  • 7.- Unless you hire an extra shared porter you need to carry your back pack, sleeping bag and a mattress (about 3.8 Kg), personal items, clothing and water for the day to drink, if you want an extra shared porter (for the full trip) you must have booked this with your original booking form as they require permits as well or send us an email immediately. ([email protected])
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  • 8.- CANCELATION MADE BY CLIENTS.-
  • A- Cancellation of tour once a permit has been registered and confirmed incurs a loss of (US$ 300.00) Non-refundable booking deposit.
  • B- Cancellation of tour within 60 Days to 41 Days of departure incurs a loss of 70% of total cost…
  • C- Cancellation of tour within 40 Days to 35 Days of departure incurs a loss of 80% of total cost…
  • D- Cancellation of tour within 34 days to 15 Days of departure incurs a loss of 90% of total cost…
  • E- Cancellation of tour within 14 Days to 72 hours of departure incurs a loss of total tour cost...
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  • However we can organise an alternative tour to visit Machu Picchu joining your group and utilising your permit, completing the tour as normal from here within this cancellation penalty charge if train tickets are available . The only extra charge is the cost of the train to Aguas Calientes. US$ 65.00 pp or with a Vistadome upgrade US $77.00 pp. Simple Accommodation in Aguas Calientes is provided.
  • 9.- Change of dates is not possible after a permit has been processed. It is non transferable nor refundable Permits. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that we do this because we are prohibited to re-sell your spot after you have cancelled. However you can use part of the permit for Machupicchu admission in other tour such as Lares, Salkantay, or train tours to Machupicchu, if the entrance dates match, etc .
  • 10.- The Inca Trail Classic 4D/3N package includes: Train transport return to Cusco depends on train company availability. The train company only confirm the train schedule option to trekking agencies a few days before a trek for one way tickets from Aguas Calientes in high season dates. The train schedule offered could be anywhere between 4pm and 9pm and usually requires a private bus connection from Ollantaytambo to Cusco provided by SAS Travel. Our preference would be a train departure between 16:30 pm – 5:30 pm but needs to have enough seats available to accommodate the group and usually this is not an issue except around large festivals such as Inti Raymi, Independence day and Easter.
  • 11.- Train tickets: Changes to schedules or dates when train tickets have been finalised incurs an administration charge of US$ 10 per ticket. At times a change of date may only be possible with an upgrade and so the difference in price would need to be paid.
  • 12.- If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. helicopter air lifts and medical assistance are paid at the expense of the passenger, if you fail to complete the tour due to illness we will assist you to meet with your group at Machupicchu to recommence your tour at that point, although there will be no refund from the original payment, we will however, present you with a document to certify illness and which can be used to present to your travel insurance company.
  • 13.- SAS Travel will take all reasonable care in providing service to our clients to avoid accident, illness, loss of personal property and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. SAS Travel cannot however be responsible for any action or event that was unforeseeable or unavoidable. We also cannot be responsible for improper acts by clients or other third party. You are totally responsable for your own personal property and rented equipment.
  • 14.- SAS Travel does not take responsibility for additional costs due to unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal items, etc. It is the clients responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
  • 15.- In extreme cases when “ Inca trail to Machupicchu” is declared closed for safety reasons SAS Travel can replace your trek with an alternative trek such as 4 Day Lares trek or 4 day Choquequirao trek and your booking deposit money will be used for this or if you prefer an alternative tour such as 4 day Lake Titicaca package or Jungle trip etc to give you some of the many options.
  • 16.- Travel Insurance.- We srrongly recommend that full travel insurance is taken, which includes cover, under certain circumstances, against the loss of deposit or cancellation charges. Please note that no reimbursements are given when cancellations occur or for any unused services.
  • SAS Travel will do everything possible to assure a safe and enjoyable trip but we will not accept any responsibility for damages, injuries, losses, expenses due to delays, for any cause whatsoever, this applies to any person or property in connection with any service we or our intermediaries provide, which result directly or indirectly from acts of God or forces mayor.
  • I have read and accept the conditions.